We will improve the learning of all young Australians

What does MasterChef have to do with school?

21 July 2020

Read 'On a knead to know basis', an opinion piece by ACARA CEO, David de Carvalho, published in The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, on 21 July 2020.

Leading authors help engage kids in reading tests

23 June 2020

ACARA is excited to have been working with some of Australia’s most celebrated authors in developing engaging texts for our NAPLAN reading tests.

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National Assessment Program: ministerial decisions

12 June 2020

On 12 June 2020, education ministers met and agreed the following:

  • Full transition to NAPLAN Online is deferred from 2021 to 2022
  • National Assessment Program sample assessments in ICT literacy are postponed until 2021 

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Parents learn more about NAP, NAPLAN and My School

25 September 2020

A silver lining of the COVID crisis is that the periods of remote learning have strengthened connections between parents and schools, and a rising number of parents are looking for more ways to be involved in school life.

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Top five qualities of a great teacher

08 May 2020

In this vlog, David DeCarvalho, ACARA CEO, reflects on five of the most significant qualities he believes make a great teacher. David also reveals how his maths teacher and his passion for mathematics inspired this vlog series, ‘Fanning the flames of wonder’.

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Monitoring the effectiveness of the Australian Curriculum

20 January 2020

The Monitoring the Effectiveness of the Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum 2019 report (PDF 2.2.mb) is now available.

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ACARA - Assessment


We run the National Assessment Program – the national tests students sit in school – including NAPLAN.

We undertake a range of research activities to deliver NAPLAN tests in an online environment in the future.

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